Winners of these scholarships, grants and awards are announced at the triennial SAI Convention. All application postmark deadlines are March 15 of Convention years unless otherwise indicated. Applicants must be members in good financial standing with the Fraternity, and have paid National Dues.
The Triennial Graduate Performance Awards are offered to Sigma Alpha Iota applicants enrolled or accepted into a graduate study program leading to a Master's or Doctoral degree in music.
Scholarships will be awarded based on taped auditions in each of the following categories:
1)Voice (Blanche Z. Hoffman Memorial Award)
2)Piano & Percussion (Mary Ann Starring Memorial Award)
3)Strings or Harp (Dorothy E. Morris Memorial Award)
4)Woodwinds or Brass (Mary Ann Starring Memorial Award)
Scholarships will be applied directly to recipient's tuition for program/school in US dollars.
Up to eight awards in the above mentioned categories may be awarded: $2,000 each for first place; $1,500 each for second place.
For more information, contact Libby M. Vanatta, Project Director.
Piano and Percussion (Mary Ann Starring Memorial Award)
- First Place - Joanna Reeder
Theta Lambda, Furman University, Tau E
Strings (Dorothy E. Morris Memorial Award)
- Charissa Barger
Alpha, University of Michigan, Alpha A, Region VII
Voice (Blanche Z. Hoffman Memorial Award)
- First Place - Elizabeth Wells
Lambda Tau, Westminster Choir College at Rider University, Phi A, Region VIII
- Second Place - Elizebeth Barnes
Eta Mu, University of Hartford, Phi B, Region VIII
Woodwinds and Brass (Mary Ann Starring Memorial Award)
- First Place - Lucy Abrams
Sigma Delta initiate, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, Upsilon B, Region V
- Second Place - Angela Reynolds
Delta Pi initiate, Austin Peay State University, Psi C, Region IV
+ Inter-American Music Awards (IAMA)
A triennial composition competition established in 1948, the Inter-American Music Awards are open to composers residing in North, Central and South America, with no age limit.
Two major American composers are invited to judge each IAMA competition. In addition to their judging responsibilities, the composer-judges each write a work to be published in the Sigma Alpha Iota IAMA series. Current or former students of either of the announced judges are ineligible to apply.
Each triennium, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. specifies the particular combination of instruments and/or voices for which entries must be written, and the length of the work. Recent competitions have called for:
+ Brass quintet, no longer than ten (10) minutes in duration, suitable for advanced college performance
+ an instrumental work for no more than 4 performers, with or without piano, the winning composition being for two pianos; and
+ an instrumental work for solo string instrument (violin, viola, or cello), the winning composition being for violin.
+ children's choir
2015 Competition Application (Closed - Watch here for the 2018 Application)
The IAMA competition brochure and application is mailed out and posted online in the middle year of the triennium. The judging takes place in the summer preceding the Convention year. The winner is announced at Convention, and the premieres of the winning work, and of the compositions commissioned from by the composer-judges, take place during the Convention.
When printing the forms, make sure you select "Fit To Paper" in your print window.
Manuscripts submitted for entry must be postmarked no later than September 1.
The Sigma Alpha Iota IAMA series is published by
C.F. Peters Corporation
70-30 80th Street
Glendale, NY 11385
Phone: (718) 416-7800
Fax: (718) 416-7805
For further information, contact Sara Bong, Project Director.
Offered in a convention year, prizes of $2,000 (winner) and $1,500 (runner-up) may be offered to college initiated members of SAI enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs in jazz performance. Winners may be invited to perform at National Convention.Applications will be available in the Convention year.
For more information contact Semenya McCord, Project Director
Carolina I. Rodriguez
Epsilon Lambda, Belmont University, Psi B, Region VII
Offered in a convention year, an MEOG application has a May 1 deadline. For more information, contact Laurie Tretter-Larkin.
Tampa Alumnae, Lambda D, Region VI
Raleigh/Durham Alumnae, Tau D, Region VI
Theta Nu initiate, Florida A & M University, Lambda B, Region VI
Music Education Outreach Grant Follow-up Report
Four $1,500 scholarships will be offered to undergraduate members of Sigma Alpha Iota for instrumental and vocal performance. Applicants must be returning to school in the fall as undergraduates. Scholarships will be awarded based on taped auditions in Voice; Keyboard & Percussion; Strings; Winds and Brass. Applications will be available in the Convention year.
For more information, contact Kristin L. Rousom, Project Director.
- Blanche Z. Hoffman Memorial Award for Voice
Eta Omega, University of the Pacific, Delta B, Region I
- Mary Ann Starring Memorial Award for Woodwinds or Brass
Sigma Delta, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, Upsilon B, Region V